Records of Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd,suppliers to engineering and allied trades, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Price books 1911-1981
  • Minutes 1901-1939
  • Order books 1889-1980
  • Ledgers 1888-1959
  • Journals 1880-1961
  • Wage records 1911-1971
  • Balance sheets 1900-1962
  • Letter books 1970-1983
  • Memorandum and articles of association 1901
  • Foreign code and index books 1895-1935
  • Stock book 1955-1958
  • Job order book 1927-1966
  • Trade catalogues 1935
  • Framed photographs of staff and offices 1896-1909

Administrative / Biographical History

By 1880  , the firm of Reid Bros was established in Glasgow, Scotland , as engineering and colliery furnishers. The company quickly established a foreign trade with branches in Johannesburg, South Africa , and Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia. In 1901  , the firm was incorporated as Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd with registered offices in St Enoch Square, Glasgow and became a private limited liability company in 1907. The company had a share capital of £80,000 with Joseph Reid as chairman of the company and Joseph Reid jnr, James Melross Reid and John Ormiston Reid as directors.

The company had a number of subsidiary companies that handled its foreign trade. In 1889  , Reid Bros (Johannesburg) Ltd was incorporated to handle the South African export trade. This company became Reid Bros (South Africa) Ltd in 1918 and in turn operated a number of subsidiary companies across southern Africa, chiefly in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. These South African companies were acquired by African Oxygen Ltd , Johannesburg, in 1969. In 1991  , Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd was dissolved.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.

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Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd : Glasgow : 1988 : ACCN 0112

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Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 10 February 2003

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